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Titanic Pigeon Forge Museum Honors Titanic Musicians with Special Gallery

May 30, 2016

The RMS Titanic sank into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic over 104 years ago. While everyone focuses on the victims of the disaster, and rightly so with over 1500 of them, but there was a lot of things that happened that night that deserve as much as attention. One important aspect of the sinking […]

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Wallace Hartley’s Famous Violin Returning to Branson Museum

August 9, 2015

One of the most famous pieces of history is returning to a place that it once called home. Just what is this very special piece of history? The violin that once belonged to a young man named Wallace Hartley. For anyone that is a student of the famous sinking of the RMS Titanic, the name Wallace […]

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Titanic Band Members And Their Stories

May 19, 2013

On Wednesday, April 10, 1912, in Southampton, UK, eight musicians boarded the RMS Titanic as second-class passengers.  Their group ticket number was 250654.  They were not employees of the White Star Line but were contracted to them through a company that placed musicians on many British liners – the Liverpool firm of C.W. & F.N. […]

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Wallace Hartley’s Titanic Violin Discovered

March 16, 2013

Wallace Hartley, the son of a mill worker, learned to play music as a student at the George St Wesleyan School and later played at a local chapel where his father was choirmaster. Survivors recount seeing the band playing even as water gushed on board, a scene which has been captured and recounted in most […]

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Funny Titanic Video: And the Band Played On

July 14, 2011

Weird Al Yankovic stars in this funny Titanic video that reimagines the final moments of the Titanic sinking. What if the music that the Titanic band had played hadn’t been quite so uplifting?

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Titanic Band, The Titanic’s Orchestra

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The Titanic band leader Wallace Hartley had been the bandleader on many rival cruise liners such as the Lusitania and Mauretania, and was lured to the majesty of the largest cruise vessel in the world. The appeal of performing in front of the most distinguished passengers in the world as well as the pay raise […]

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Titanic Violin Song: Nearer My God to Thee

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“Nearer, My God, to Thee” is a 19th century Christian hymn written by Sarah Flower Adams. The song is loosely related to the bible passages Genesis 28” 11-19 and refers to the story of Jacob’s dream. Aside from being a popular church hymn, this is also the song most closely related with the sinking of […]

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